Wilkins, John, A discovery of a new world : or a discourse tending to prove, that 'tis probable there may be another Habitable World in the Moon ; with a discourse concerning the Probability of a Passage thither; unto which is added, a discourse concerning a New Planet, tending to prove, that 'tis probable our earth is one of the Planets

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[51. PROP. IV.]
[52. PROP. V.]
[53. PROP. VI.]
[54. PROP. VII. PROP. VIII. PROP. IX. PROP. X.]
[55. That the EARTH May be a PLANET. PROP. I.]
[56. PROP. II.]
[57. PROP. III.]
[58. PROP. IV.]
[59. PROP. V. That the Scripture, in its proper conſtru-ction, does not any where affirm the Immobility of the Earth.]
[60. PROP. VI. That there is not any Argument from the Words of Scripture, Principles of Na-ture, or Obſervations in Aſtronomy, which can ſuſſiciently evidence the Earth to be in the Gentre of the Uni-verſe.]
[61. PROP. VII. Tis probable that the Sun is in the Gentre of the World.]
[62. PROP. VIII. That there is not any ſufficient reaſon to prove the Earth incapable of thoſe mo-tions which Copernicus aſcribes un-to it.]
[63. Provebimur portu, terræque, verbeſq; recedunt.]
[64. PROP. IX. That it is more probable the Earth does move, than the Sun or Heavens.]
[65. PROP. X. That this Hypotheſis is exactly agreeable to common appearances.]
[66. Quicunq; ſolam mente præcipiti petit]
[67. Brevem replere non valentis ambitum, # Pudebit aucti nominis.]
[68. FINIS.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
mets which have been ſeen above the Moon.
As alſo thoſe Spots or Clouds that Encompaſs
the Body of the Sun, amongſt which, there
is a frequent Succeſſion by a Corruption of
the Old, and a Generation of New.
So that
though Ariſtotle's Conſequence were ſufficient,
when he prov'd that the Heavens were not
Corruptible, becauſe there have not any
Changes been diſcover'd in them:
yet this
by the ſame Reaſon muſt be as prevalent, that
the Heavens are Corruptible, becauſe there
have been ſo many Alterations obſerv'd there;

But of theſe, together with a farther Confir-
mation of this Propoſition, I ſhall have occa-
ſion to ſpeak afterwards;
In the mean Space,
I will refer the Reader to that Work of Shei-
nar, a late Jeſuit, which he Titles his Roſa
Urſina, where he may ſee this Point concern-
Lib. 4. par.
2. cap. 24.
35.
ing the Coruptibility of the Heavens, largely
Handled, and ſufficiently conſirm'd.
There are ſome other things, on which I
might here take an occaſion to enlarge my
ſelf;
but becauſe they are directly Handled
by many others, and do not immediately be-
long to the chief matter in hand;
I ſhall there-
fore reſer the Reader to their Authors, and
Omit any large Proof of them my ſelf, as
deſiring all poſſible Brevity.
1. The firſt is this: That there are no ſolid
Orbs.
If there be a Habitable World in the
Moon (which I now affirm) it muſt follow,
that her Orb is not Solid as Ariſtotle ſuppos'd;
and if not hers, why any of the other. I ra-
ther think that they are all of a Fluid (per-
haps Aerous) Subſtance.
Saint Ambroſe, and

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